Eight former and present Sri Lanka national cricketers including two women players have been felicitated by the Kurunegala District Cricket Association during their Felicitation night 2015 held at Welagedara Stadium Kurunegala recently.
Test star Rangana Herath and present Sri Lanka national women’s team captain Chamari Attapattu were among the recipients of the awards. Former Sri Lanka opener Nihal Kodituwakku was also felicitated by the district association. He played two unofficial Tests for Sri Lanka during the 1966/67 season and later coached the Maliyadeva College team with much success during the early eighties.
Anurudha Rajapakshe of Kurunegala Youth CC clinched the player of the year award for his performances of the Emerging Trophy Cricket Tournament (558 runs and 22 wickets) while Sri Lanka junior national stars Damitha Silva (under 17) and Keshan Wijerathna (under 19) along with Dulaj Ranatunga (under 15) clinched the junior cricketers of the year awards.
Kurunegala district Parliamentarian and Kurunegala District Cricket Association President Salinda Dissanayaka and the Mayor of Kurunegala Gamini Peramunage were the chief guests on this occasion.
The recipients of the awards:
National cricketers and first-class cricketers:
Ranjith Madurasinghe, Lanka de Silva, Rangana Herath, Eric Upashantha, Jeevantha Kulatunga. Nihal Kodituwakku, Chamari Atapattu, Chaturani Gunawardana, Ajith Ekanayaka, Chandana Guruge
Former and present officials:
Vernon Wanduragala, Azam Hameed, Parakrama Dambawinne, Mahinda Pussella, MMT Bandara, SPBR Jayasekara, Rohan Dheerasooriya, Nimal Ekanayaka, HM Wijeyasinghe. AM Siddeeq.
Junior cricketers of the year:
Under-15 Dulaj Ranatunga (Maliyadeva College), Under-17 Damitha Silva (Maliyadeva College), Under-19 Keshan Wijerathna (Maliyadeva College)
Club cricketers of the year:
Sara Trophy- Bhatiya Ratnayaka (Kurunegala SC).
Emerging Trophy- Anurudha Rajapakshe (Kurunegala YCC)
Ms Salinda Dissanayaka (President KDCA), Gamini Peramunage (Mayor of Kurunegala), Ms Sepalika Chandralatha (Municipal Commissioner), Sidath Fernando, Manjula Gunasinghe, Buddika Dissanayaka, Nalaka Arjuna Bandara, Manjula Gunasekara.